International Criminal Law Review 2: 145–194, 2002. © 2002 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. 145 Assigned defense counsel in domestic and international war crimes tribunals: The need for a structural approach RICHARD J. WILSON ∗ American University’s Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC 20016, U.S.A. Introduction Between the mid-1990s and the year 2002, the world has experienced un- precedented developments in international humanitarian and criminal law, and in the structures for their administration. First, the United Nations cre- ated ad hoc international tribunals for the trial of war crimes and crimes against international law that occurred during regional conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda. Then, in Rome in 1998, the nations of the world committed themselves to the creation of a permanent international criminal court. Third, in what seems to be an emerging model for the future, the UN and local authorities have been involved in the creation of hybrid tribunals for international justice. These tribunals, now proposed or underway in East Timor, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Cambodia, sit in the country in question but are administered and presided over jointly by international and local judges. Finally, national experience in
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